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Tuesday, 11 September 2012
Page: 10187

Carbon Pricing

Dr SOUTHCOTT (Boothby) (14:48): My question is to the Acting Prime Minister. I refer the Acting Prime Minister to the statement of the Mayor of the City of Onkaparinga, Lorraine Rosenberg—who is in the gallery today—that the carbon tax will cost her ratepayers an estimated extra $800,000 per year. Given that local councils receive no compensation, will the Acting Prime Minister apologise to the ratepayers of the City of Onkaparinga for increasing their council rates as a result of the carbon tax?

Mr SWAN (LilleyDeputy Prime Minister and Treasurer) (14:49): Today I have already referred to the exaggeration and misrepresentation that we have seen from those opposite, including the member for Boothby. He came into this House a week or so ago and made a whole set of representations and claims about the Belair Hotel and every one of them was simply wrong—wrong, wrong, wrong. We ought to look at the real facts. I am happy to look at what he has to say. This comes from the member for Boothby, who had this to say on 19 October 2009:

I think that an emissions trading scheme is an important contribution… It is one in a suite of responses.

So here we have another one of them. He has been out there supporting an emissions trading scheme and now coming in here and running a scare campaign.

Mrs Bronwyn Bishop: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker, in order to be relevant, even under the old rules, there had to be a link to the substance of the question. To try to do a character assassination of the person asking the question is not relevant; it is out of order.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER ( Ms AE Burke ): The member for Mackellar will resume her seat. The answer to the question is to the entire question and the question asked about the price on carbon. The Acting Prime Minister has the call.

Mr SWAN: He was asking me about the impact of a carbon price, and I think I am entitled to point out that he has been a supporter of a carbon price. Now he is opposing a carbon price and exaggerating a whole set of impacts. But the truth is we know that if they were in government they would keep it.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: Is the member for Boothby seeking to table a document?

Dr Southcott: I seek leave to table the article in Southern Times Messenger, which provides more detail on the $800,000—

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The member for Boothby will resume his seat. The Minister for Defence.

Mr Stephen Smith: Leave is not granted.